For Immediate Release
17 August 2016
Crime against Humanity in Immigration Detention Centre
The deplorable living conditions plaguing immigration detention camps throughout Malaysia has always been a point of concern for civil societies in Malaysia. With the large numbers of asylum seekers, refugees and illegal migrant workers detained in Malaysia, the conditions in these camps has deteriorate to conditions that can only be described as distressing at best. Despite the repeated calls by civil societies for proactive actions to be taken to remedy the situation, the government’s response to the concerns has been slow and opaque.
The accounts by the two Cambodian who shared their experience of violence and death in the Juru detention camp marks a new low for human rights in Malaysia. While we can describe the appalling living conditions in detention camps throughout Malaysia as a gross human rights violation, the existence of torture and physical violence by depot staff and the scale of which it occurs elevates the issue from human rights violations to the realm of crime against humanity.
Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) strongly condemns the act perpetrated by the depot staff as reported by detainees from the Juru Detention Camp. Investigation into the matter must be conducted with no further delays by all relevant enforcement agencies. Those who has committed these vile and heinous act must be brought to justice immediately!